Motor Overflow in Preschool Children

Motor Overflow in Preschool Children

Motor Overflow in Preschool Children When observing preschoolers complete complex motor tasks, you may observe an increase in motor activation displayed as extraneous movements in body parts not actively involved in the current task.  These extraneous movements are sometimes called motor overflow, mirror movements or associated movements.  Perceptual and Motor Skills published research examining what […]

Motor Skills in Preschoolers From Low Socioeconomics

Early Childhood Education Journal published research on 68 preschool children (34 low socioeconomic (SES) background and 34 typically developing) to compare the motor skill performance using the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-2 (PDMS-2).  Standard scores from each subtest (i.e., stationary, locomotion, object manipulation, grasping, and visual-motor integration) and three quotient scores were calculated for all the […]

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2 Key Factors to Help Increase Participation of Children with Autism

OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health published qualitative research investigating the viewpoint of teachers and occupational therapists (who work with children with autism) on the sensory-related environmental barriers to participation within the preschool context. Following interview questions, the data was analyzed and indicated that there are two essential components to increase the participation of children with autism in the […]

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5 Ways to Work on Pre-Writing Skills without a Pencil

Here are 5 simple ideas to work on pre-writing skills without ever picking up a pencil – 1.  Sensory Trays for Pre-Writing.  Put some shaving cream, sand, rice, salt, etc. in a tray.  Have the child practice “writing” horizontal, vertical, diagonal and curved lines using their finger.   2.  Draw some horizontal, vertical and diagonal […]

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6000 Step Count for Preschoolers

McMaster University published a resource on physical activity for preschoolers.  A recent study indicated that preschool children should take at least 6000 steps every day participating in at least 180 minutes of physical activity per day of any intensity.  By age 5, children should participate in 60 minutes of energetic play (ie biking, running, playing […]


Gender Differences in Sedentary Behavior

Interesting research in Pediatrics on the different sedentary behaviors of boys versus girls. Three hundred thirty one preschool children wore accelerometers over a period of 2 weeks. The results indicated the following: girls were more sedentary than boys for boys sedentary behavior was correlated with the amount of weekly tv/video games and physical activity equipment […]


Motor Activity, Memory and Attention in Preschoolers

BMC Pediatrics published research that analyzed aerobic fitness, motor skills, dynamic balance, working memory and attention in 254 ethnically diverse preschoolers (mean age 5.2 years). Baseline data was collected along with data 9 months later. The results indicated the following: a cross sectional analysis indicated that aerobic fitness level was associated with better attention cross […]

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Observing and Guiding Children’s Play

Play for young children is crucial to healthy development. Pediatric therapists who work in early childhood education know the importance of play and how to use it to reach IEP goals that are set for specific children. When a child is evaluated for therapy services, the therapist observes the child in the classroom setting. Therapists […]

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Preschoolers and Physical Activity Time Tip

Pediatrics reports that children in preschools with high quality scores, less fixed playground equipment, more portable playground equipment, less media time and larger playgrounds experienced more moderate/ vigorous physical activity per hour and fewer sedentary minutes compared to other preschool children. That seems like a simple way to increase physical activity time in any preschoolers […]